By Tania Romero
A year ago, while I was studying my Msc in Business Analytics and Big Data, I was also a coordinator of the Big Data Club. We organized the first Women in Tech forum with the objective of providing insights and exposure to the IE community on the impact that women have in the technology industry. A forum to learn not only from the different career experiences of our speakers but also their personal journeys and challenges in the field.
Last week, I had the privilege to participate on the 2nd edition of WiT not as an organizer anymore but as a panelist. 13 inspiring women shared their experiences and advice to all attendees. I am proud of the work done by IE Big Data Club, we had a great turnout with really interesting insights by top women executives working in tech industry:
Juana Fernandez- EY
Cristina Aranda- Mujeres Tech
Emma Fernández- Metrovacesa
Clarissa Watson- Alto Data Analytics
Concepcion Labra- Koderio & Linkedin Learning
Laila El Qadi Cueto- TEDx Speaker
Izaskun Ramos- SAP
Jose Esteves- IE Business School
Christina Stathopoulos- Google
Veronika Brom- EY
Tania Romero- IE
Elaine Do Amaral- Telefonica
The forum consisted of keynote speeches, panel discussion, and networking session. Keynote speeches were hosted in TED Talks format and aimed to highlight insights of women working in tech across different companies and challenges that they faced. The panel discussion was dedicated to broadening the number of topics such as professional development, challenges we face to attract more women to STEM careers and soft skills development tips from starters, mid-career and senior leaders. Networking session was a unique opportunity to get acquainted with successful women in IT, be inspired by them and keep in touch.
We were also happy to see an increase on male attendees, as I believe a significant part of the dialogue on the movement of women in tech is about gender allies: men need to be a part of the solution to reach gender parity in all fields.
I look forward to a time when will not need a Women in Tech or Women in Business events because women leadership and their impact in the market will have grown enough to forget about we were minority at a certain point in time…meanwhile, I will keep supporting and empowering women on their professional journeys.